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Old 05-14-07, 04:32 PM   #1
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Reaming and facing head tube...

I'm planning to build my first bike and have been carrying out a bit of research. From what i have read, the head tube of the frame needs to be faced and reamed before a headset can be installed. Is this true? To do this i have found that some fairly expensive tools are required, which i have no access to (my LBS doesn't have these tools), and i'm not too keen on spending the large sum of money on them, especially if it turns out i'm a terrible frame builder

Is there any alternative method of installing a headset to avoid this cost and process? I'm wanting a threadless headset if that's of any importance.

And one other thing... How difficult and time consuming is it to hand miter a steel tube set for a frame?

Thanks in advance

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Old 05-14-07, 08:06 PM   #2
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I'm planning to build my first bike and have been carrying out a bit of research. From what i have read, the head tube of the frame needs to be faced and reamed before a headset can be installed. Is this true? To do this i have found that some fairly expensive tools are required, which i have no access to (my LBS doesn't have these tools), and i'm not too keen on spending the large sum of money on them, especially if it turns out i'm a terrible frame builder

Is there any alternative method of installing a headset to avoid this cost and process? I'm wanting a threadless headset if that's of any importance.

And one other thing... How difficult and time consuming is it to hand miter a steel tube set for a frame?

Thanks in advance
No way to do the job without a cutter - either find one or buy one.

Hand mitering is not hard - just takes time. Download tubemiter.exe It will provide a paper template which will get the miter very close (touch up to finish).
http://www.ihpva.org/people/tstrike/...ng/tubemit.htm
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